Instructors

Brenda Wolfe Brunelle

Originally from South Louisiana, Brenda has been a native of Murfreesboro for over twenty years. Brenda founded Dance Works in 1997 with a vision of creating a new and positive approach to the art of dance. Under her direction, Dance Works has grown into Rutherford County's largest and most prestigious dance studio. With over 25 years of dance education, Brenda has studied with highly recognized dance schools such as DeFrances Academy of Dance in Louisiana, Nashville Ballet and especially with Cathy's Dance Studio in Nashville. On a dance scholarship, Brenda attended Oklahoma City University where was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. She received her teaching certification through Southern Association of Dance Masters. Brenda returned to Murfreesboro and received her degree in Mass Communications from MTSU with a dance minor. Brenda is best recognized for her unique jazz and lyrical choreography which has won numerous awards at both regional and national competitions. Her other choreography credits include work with the Arts Center of Cannon County for Footloose and Children of Eden. Her choreography credits with Dance Works nationally award-winning competition groups, The RUBIES, EMERALDS, SAPPHIRES, AND DIAMONDS are her proudest accomplishments. Brenda's love for dance and driving commitment to the education of her students is evident through the enormous growth of Dance Works over the past 21 years.

Jessica Boyd

Jessica Boyd began taking dance at the age of three, and has over 16 years of dance training. She came to Dance Works as a student in 1998 and has been here ever since. She was on the Diamonds competition team and was also a student teacher during high school. Throughout college, she worked part-time in the office. Jessica graduated from MTSU in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Using her degree, Jessica developed and teaches the Teeny Dancers' program, which is a pre-dance, Mommy-and-me class for toddlers. This program incorporates all four domains of development through a combination of activities which include the enhancement of fine and gross motor development, pre-dance skills, tumbling, social bonding, numbers, colors, shapes, rhythm, etc. Jessica also teaches beginning ballet, tap, and jazz classes. In addition to her role as a dance teacher, Jessica serves as Office Manager for Dance Works.

Stephanie Bottenfield

Stephanie Bottenfield was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She started dancing at the age of 12 under the direction of Ron Morgan who was a Broadway Sensation back in the 80’s. As Stephanie went head first in all styles of dance, she realized she wanted more! After a few years, she started attending Master Classes from Joe Lanteri, Danny Tidwell, and Lauren Adams from NYCDA. Later, Stephanie joined the Gregory Hancock Contemporary Dance Company where she performed in Hair and many Nutcracker Productions. Her favorite scene is the Snow scene! Stephanie continued her dance studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana under Sarah Mangelsdorf, Michael Worcel, Ya’kov Eden, and the fabulous Louann Young. While at Ball State, Stephanie participated in many award winning student pieces. She was also given the opportunity to be the choreographer assistant to the Ballet Instructor Louann Young for her final two years in school. Here, she got to follow Louann around and learn the ins and outs of putting on the perfect Ballet Show. She Graduated in May 2009 with a B.S in Dance Performance and a Minor in Educational Dance. After college, she moved to Sarasota, Florida to start her teaching career. During her time in Florida (from 2009-2019), she was awarded multiple regional choreography awards as well as a National Choreography Award (in 2016). Stephanie has recently relocated to Murfreesboro with her husband and is very excited to be a part of Dance Works. She hopes to be able to spread her love, passion and knowledge to all the dancers she meets.

Ashley Hardage

Ashley has been in love with dance since the age of 3 and has 28 years of dance training. She began studying under Brenda at Dance Works in 1998. She was a member of the Diamonds competition team throughout high school. She began teaching at Dance Works her senior year of high school and continued while studying at Middle Tennessee State University. She was a member/choreographer for the Middle Tennessee Performing Arts Club. She took a semester off to dance aboard the Carnival "Imagination". Ashley has a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship from MTSU. In addition to being a dance instructor, Ashley resides in Nashville with her husband Charlie, an Army veteran, and daughter, Sadie Gray.

Joann Hunter

Bio Ms. Hunter was born in Montreal, Canada, where she co-founded a dance-theater company performing for students and families. Ms. Hunter relocated to Nashville in 1998. She trained in the Cecchetti method of classical ballet (I.S.T.D. diplomas), as well as in jazz and various forkloric dance forms. Ms. Hunter is proud to celebrate 40 years of teaching dancers of all ages in Tennessee and Canada.

Katie Jubenville

Katie H. Jubenville began dancing at the age of three and has over 16 years of dance training. Growing up in Mobile, AL, Katie trained at The Sheffield School of the Dance in where she was a member of the Competition Team, assistant instructor and a member of the City of Mobile Dance Team. Upon graduation from high school, Katie attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of the Dixie Darlings and Southern Misses Dance Teams. Upon graduation she completed a Master's of Art in Teaching at Spring Hill College. Katie has been teaching for thirteen years and currently teaches fourth grade at Erma Siegel Elementary. She continues to follow her passion for dance as an instructor of ballet and jazz at Dance Works. Katie resides in Murfreesboro with her husband, Colby, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University and son, Jack and daughter, Mary Burke.

Ashley Norton

Ashley is an instructor and choreographer specializing in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. Her passion for dance became apparent at the young age of two and has not stopped since. She began her formal instruction at the age of four, competing at age six, and has been with Dance Works since its inception in 1997. Throughout her years of competitive dance, Ashley attended many workshops including Tremaine, CO. Dance, Hollywood Vibe, Monsters of Hip Hop, Jump, and NYCDA. She has also received instruction from many dance greats such as Chris Judd, Barry Youngblood, Dave Scott, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, and Doug Caldwell. Ashley received several scholarships from Tremaine Dance Convention, CO. Dance, and Hollywood Vibe. She was also chosen to attend the Clear Talent Agency Audition in Orlando, FL. After graduating from Siegel High School,  Ashley attended MTSU where she majored in Theater. She continued at Dance Works as a teacher and choreographer teaching students of all levels in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. During this time she also danced and choreographed for MPAC and pursued a career in acting and modeling. Ashley has choreographed for many schools including Siegel Middle School, Blackman High School, Smyrna High School, and is the current choreographer and coach at Siegel High School. She has also choreographed at the collegiate level for the UT Chattanooga Sugar Mocs. Additionally, her choreography with the Dance Works competition teams has won many accolades throughout the competition circuit and national titles including Grand National Champion and Best of the Beach in 2016. Ashley believes that the greatest gift a performer can have is to evoke emotion within their audience. She hopes to inspire her dancers through this belief to grow not only as performers but in all aspects of their life.

Alyssa Suits

Alyssa's dance journey began when she was just 3 years old after her mother realized she couldn't go anywhere without dancing. She received her dance education at Merritt's Dance Center in Schenectady, NY and was formally trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, acrobatics, modern, and baton twirling. She danced competitively starting at the age of 5 until she was 17 during which she received multiple national awards and titles as a solo and group dancer. Through those years, she had the opportunity to learn from and perform with multiple acclaimed choreographers and dance companies such as Savion Glover, Mia Michaels, Barry Youngblood, Cirque du Solei, Riverdance, Peter Chu, The NYC Ballet and more. Alyssa was 14 when she started assistant teaching at her home studio. In addition to dance, she also cheered competitively on her high school and all-star teams and coached popwarner cheer starting at age 16. After moving to Nashville in 2007, she continued teaching at various studios in the area while studying at Middle Tennessee State University where she received bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Dance with the purpose of helping people, specifically children and adolescents, use dance and creative movement as a means of coping and healing as well as healthy personal reflection and expression. While at MTSU, she had the opportunity to work with b-girl Teena Marie Custer, T. Lang, the Alwin Nikolai dance company and others. Through her years of teaching, her choreographic work has been award winning both on local and national levels. As an educator, she strives to nurture her students' passion in movement, encourage them to use dance as a positive outlet, learn the value of hard work and perseverance to achieve their personal best, exhibit good sportsmanship to all of their peers, and form a personal bond with each individual and help them grow and develop not only in their art form of dance but also as a person. She truly can't imagine her life without dance and finds such reward and fulfillment through the relationships she builds while spreading her love of dance.